This CURA, in addition to promoting regional and institutional recognition of our universities, will increase student interest for participatory and interdisciplinary research integrating the social and territorial. In addition, the CURA formula helps to link members' research results (researchers and students) to concrete needs in the communities.
This CURA aims for an alignment of interdisciplinary training programs in regional development, environmental studies and Islands studies with the reality on the ground in order to rethink policies and practices of development in coastal areas. The structure that we adopt contributes to the training and employability of students. Moreover, it will be an opportunity to strengthen links between training centers of highly qualified personnel, particularly in regional and territorial development (UQAR), environmental management and integrated coastal zone management (University of Moncton) with programs in Environmental Sciences (University of Moncton and Mt-A) and the Islands study at UPEI, and other targeted programs in other participating universities. This alliance provides access to a large pool of students who come from varied disciplines and diverse programs (interdisciplinary profile).
These future professionals will support engagement processes adapted to the context of uncertainties, from the perspective of integrated and iterative management. This experience for researchers and students in assistantship opportunities will encourage students to pursue advanced studies, encourage retention of students in their studies and encourage participation in better workplace integration.